Memorials. _________________________________________________. The Vietnam War. _________________________________________________. 58,000 were Dead, thousands injured and maimed, and countless emotionally scarred, but there was no clear victory or purpose
Powell, Gary and Gerald Silver. "The Statue With Sculptor." Desert News. October 1989. (A Salt Lake City, UT Daily Paper)
Obtained at: http://grunt.space.swri.edu/images/vn/billm/utah6.jpg
A Close Up of the Permian Basin Vietnam Veterans Memorial located in Midland, TX and dedicated on November 12, 1994. Obtained at: http://grunt.space.swri.edu/images/vn/mems/permian2.jpg
“In honor of the men and women of the Armed Forces of the United States who served in the Vietnam War. The names of those who gave their lives and of those who remain missing are inscribed in the order they were taken from us”
“I didn’t want a monument,
Not even one as sober as that
Vast black wall of broken lives.
I didn’t want a postage stamp.
I didn’t want a road beside the Delaware
River with a sign proclaiming:
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway.
What I wanted was a simple recognition
Of the limits of our power as a nation
To inflict our will on others.
What I wanted was an understanding
That the world is neither black and white
What I wanted
Was an end to monuments.
“The place, with its almost hysterical focus on death, seems to elicit memories long held back, just as the names themselves bring the faces of the dead to the mirror of the mind.”
Facing the Wall
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